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2019 Diocesan Altar Boy Retreat

Friday, May 03, 2019

JOHNSTOWN, PA - Plans are underway for the Annual Altar Boy Retreat which will take place from Sunday evening, June 30th (Registration is from 6pm till 8 p.m.) until Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019.

The Retreat will once again take place at Christ the Savior Seminary, Cathedral and  Education Center in Johnstown and at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Windber, PA.  This year's outing will be to Coal Tubing for a tube ride down the Stoney Creek River. This is the time and place for our faithful Altar Servers to join other Altar Boys from all over our Diocese. Read more...

Schedule of His Eminence, Metropolitan Gregory For May 2019

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

JOHNSTOWN, PA -- The schedule of His Eminence, Metropolitan Bishop Gregory
of Nyssa for May 2019 has been released by the Diocesan Chancery. Read more...

Archpastoral Letter For Pascha 2019

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Today I greet you with great love and joy in the Name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ following His glorious Resurrection.  On Great and Holy Pascha, we behold the triumph of Christ, as He rose from death to life, from darkness of the tomb into the Light.  With the Resurrection of Christ, all Creation is filled with a new Light of life and joy.  On this Feast of Feasts, this Holy Day of Holy Days, we all proclaim the only truth that matters, the Truth that Christ is Risen!

We gather together as family and friends, in joy  and in love, celebrating the presence of the Risen Lord in our midst, and singing with one voice the triumphant hymn Read more...

Patriarchal Encyclical for Holy Pascha 2019

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Having run the course of the race of Holy and Great Lent in prayer and fasting, and having reached the salvific passion of Christ God, today we are rendered participants in the joy of His splendid Resurrection.

The experience of Resurrection belongs to the core of Orthodox identity. We celebrate the Lord’s Resurrection not only during the feast of Holy Pascha and the ensuing paschal period, but on each Sunday and at each Divine Liturgy, which is always a luminous festivity. The Christian life in all its dimensions – in divine worship as well as in our life and witness in the world – bears a resurrectional spirit and is shaken by the victory of the risen Christ over death and by the expectation of His eternal kingdom. Read more...

Schedule of His Eminence, Metropolitan Gregory For April 2019

Friday, April 19, 2019

JOHNSTOWN, PA -- The updated schedule of His Eminence, Metropolitan Bishop Gregory
of Nyssa for April 2019 has been released by the Diocesan Chancery. Read more...

Diocesan Parishes Invited To Submit Holy Week and Pascha Photos!

Sunday, April 14, 2019

JOHNSTOWN, PA -- Diocesan Parishes are cordially invited to submit via email up to 3 photos of this year's Holy week and Paschal services for inclusion in a special photo gallery, "Pascha throughout the Diocese".

It is asked that parishes avoid sending low resolution cell phone camera quality photos as they may also be included in The Church Messenger

Please email photos to media@acrod.org Please put in the body of the e-mail the name of the parish, and a brief captions describing the photos. Please do not send captions as attached document files. Read more...

Third Annual Science and Nature Camp To Take Place Aug 4-10, 2019!

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Camp Nazareth is pleased to announce its THIRD ANNUAL Science and Nature Camp which will take place August 4-10, 2019!!!

Camp participants will learn all about Astronomy, Biology, Earth Science, Geology, Meteorology and SO MUCH MORE!

Participants will have the opportunity to use telescopes, microscopes, and other equipment used to study and learn about nature. But most importantly, they will explore the trails, waterfalls, streams and geography of the Camp. Special emphasis will be placed on appreciating the beauty of nature and the wonder of the fields of science they will study. Read more...

Registration Opens For 2019 Young Women's Encounter

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

JOHNSTOWN, PA --  [Diocesan Chancery] -  Registration is now open for the SIXTH Annual Diocesan Young Women's Encounter which will take place from Sunday, June 30th to Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019 at Saints Peter and Paul Church in Windber, PA. We encourage our young women, ages 12 to 18 to attend.

This engaging experience will highlight how young women can live our Orthodox Faith and serve the Church with their own unique gifts. The YWE is designed specifically for our young women to provide them an opportunity to spend time in fellowship with each other, have fun, and pray together. This year we will have the blessing to spend some time at the Orthodox Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration in Ellwood City, PA. Read more...

2019 Lenten Youth Project To Benefit St. John the Compassionate Mission

Friday, March 15, 2019

JOHNSTOWN, PA -- With the blessing of His Eminence, Metropolitan Gregory, the National Junior ACRY, as in previous years, calls upon all to aid the Diocesan ministry of Saint John the Compassionate, which is located in Toronto, Canada. The decision to assist this ministry to those in need was made by the National Junior ACRY at the National ACRY Convention held over Labor Day Weekend 2018.

Members of the Junior ACRY had the opportunity to visit the Mission this past summer and experience the labors of love that take place there each and everyday. The donation from the National ACRY was hand delivered to The Mission on behalf of all who donated to the Lenten Project.

The Mission provides assistance to those in need in the inner city of Toronto. The Mission has continued to provide meals, job training and spiritual counsel to those in need in part because of the generous contributions made by organizations and individuals. Read more...

The Lenten Spring Has Come!

Sunday, March 10, 2019

JOHNSTOWN, PA -- With the setting of the sun and the celebration of Forgiveness Vespers this evening, the season of The Great Fast has been ushered in throughout our God-Saved Diocese and the entire Orthodox Church.

This Holy Season, as His Eminence, Metropolitan Gregory has reminded us in his Lenten  Archpastoral Letter,  is a time for increased "... self-examination, reflection and confession.... Great Lent is not just about what we eat, but more importantly how we live."

To assist the faithful in making the most of this holy season, additional resources have been added to our Diocesan Website. Read more...

 
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